Københavns Drengekor/Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir
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Københavns Drengekor (Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir)

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Tom Kristensen
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Ole Justesen
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INTRODUCTION

Among some of the oldest European Musical traditions are the Cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia.

RECENT AND FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir tours abroad every year. In recent years the choir has performed in China, Portugal, Spain, France, Russia, United States, New Zealand and more.

The choir also has an extensive concert activities in Copenhagen and in other parts of Denmark. It normally tours Denmark every other year and has single concerts in cities within reach of Copenhagen through out the concert season with a cappella music. The choir has an ongoing co-operation with The Copenhagen Philharmonic (Copenhagen Phil) as well as The Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR (Danish Danish Broadcasting Corporation).

Check the calendar with future performances here

BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training in SANKT ANNÆ GYMNASIUM, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School.

Since 1959 the choir has been resident at Copenhagen Cathedral and as part of its duties performs at state occasions and during royal visits abroad. In fact since Ebbe Munk became director of the choir in 1991 they have undertaken concerts in leading concert halls, cathedrals and festivals all over the world. This includes leading concert managers such as Dell‘Arte in South America, Wu Promotion in China and Sydney Opera House Trust in Australia.

With a comprehensive repertoire ranging from commissioned works by the leading composers of our time to the earliest polyphony the choir has over the years gained a reputation for being one of the finest of its type and it has recieved several high distinctions. The choir tours extensively and has given concerts in all parts of the world. It has taken part in many radio and television productions both in Denmark and abroad.

Benjamin Britten, Ernest Ansermet, Raphael Kubelik, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Andrew Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others have each conducted the CRCC. Contemporary Scandinavian composers including Poul Ruders, Palle Mikkelborg, Per Nørgaard and Knut Nystedt have written works specially for them.

Le Figaro has placed the choir alongside the Vienna Boys Choir and that of Kings College, Cambridge as one of the finest in Europe. They work regularly with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and have made numerous CD recordings on EMI, Vanguard, Chandos, Decca, Telefunken, Danica Records and Dacapo.

On August 1, 2020, Carsten Seyer-Hansen took over as artistic director and chief conductor for the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.Since 2003 he has been employed at Aarhus Cathedral where he is artistic director of both Skt. Clemens Boys Choir and Aarhus Cathedral’s Kantori. Carsten Seyer-Hansen is also employed as an associate professor at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus) with responsibility for the conducting programs at the master’s and soloist levels. In addition, he has an extensive freelance business as conductor for a number of Denmark’s professional choirs and orchestras.

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir welcomed Carsten Seyer-Hansen at the Sankt Annæ Gymnasium (Copenhagen Municipal Choir School), where Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is based, and where the choir boys go to school and receive their singing education. At the same time, Carsten Seyer-Hansen is hired as Choirmaster in Copenhagen Cathedral, where the choir, in addition to singing at high masses, also has a yearly concert series.

Carsten Seyer-Hansen replaced Ebbe Munk, who is retiring after almost 29 years as head of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.

AUDIO & VIDEO

P.I. Tchaikovsky - Cheruvimskaya pesñ (Hymn of the Cherubim) no. 6
O. Ring - Danmark, nu blunder den lyse nat (Lyrics: Thøger Larsen) (Danish song)
C.E.F. Weyse - Natten er så stille (Lyrics: J. L.Heiberg) (Danish song)
P.I. Tchaikovsky - Da isprvitsya (Let my prayer arise)
P.E. Lange-Müller - In te, Domine, speramus (Three Psalms) Op. 21

REVIEWS

American Choral Review

“It is extremely difficult to adequately and justly describe a truly great musical performance such as that presented by Copenhagen Boys’ Choir”

Le Figaro

“On the occasion of the Danish Queen Margrethe’s official visit to France, the Danes had made the French the most perfect and rare present from the musical world. After having heard the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir last Saturday, we are able to establish the fact that this choir must be classified along with the most excellent children’s and youth-choirs in the world. That is to say L’Escolania de Montserrat, the choir from King’s College in Cambridge, the choirs from Tölz and Regensburg, and finally the Wiener Sängerknaben”

Berlingske Tidende

“The Copenhagen Boys’ Choir gave good for thought. There was no lack of dynamics and mature sound and the music lived with the chamber-musical transparancy and soloistic quality that is the characteristic ideal of the renaissance music. It was an eminent expression – a performance for recording.”

 Jyllands-Posten

“The concert of the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir was an artistic experience which it is a shame to describe in words. The 40 boys’ and 16 men’s singing is some of the finest ever heard and you were still feeling the crystal-clear intonation, gentle and powerful, after getting out into the Danish cold west-wind […] trying to describe, it is close to the commonplace […] The boys’ incredible musicality was astonishing and admiring.”

Washington Post

“When music by Palestina and Schütz is sung as well as it was last night in the Washington Cathedral the sound is surprisingly beautiful […] They sang with a natural-sounding freedom and lightness that is even more impressive than their unusual accuracy and blend.”

Luzerner Neueste Nachrichten

“Copenhagen Boys’ Choir – educated and prepared to the perfect – sang with great enthusiasm compositions from the Rennaissance and the Baroque as well as classical and contemporary music […] The sound of the choir was remarkably homogenous and it was sung with a correct pronounciation, dynamically varied and with a never-failing attendance. Despite the heavy demanding programme you never felt any weariness.”

La Republique, Orléans

“The singers expressed a brightness in the subtle polyphony and in the modern and daring tones of ‘Cantiones Sacrae’. At once the ensemble revealed itself as being very professional with a magnificant punctuality. So they presented us with a wonderful musical dialoque and these young singers’ great virtuosity was much admirable.”

Tribune Genève

“There was a chance to admire the clear and beautiful pitch of the 60 boys- and male singers and value the ideal balance which was in the performance […] You could really feel the musical quality that Ebbe Munk transfers to his singers in the intense and genuine phrases […] The choir is giving a unique illustration of quality which hopefully we will very soon meet again in Switzerland.”

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